2020 was not a great year for a variety of reasons, one of which was stagnation in the budget end of the IEM market. There were no budget IEM launches this year that had the kind of industry-shaking impact that the Blon BL-03 had in 2019. Instead, a lot of companies fell into ruts, iterating on past designs without much forward movement. What follows is a roundup of all the in-ear monitors (IEMs) that didn’t make it onto my blog in 2020.

Before moving into the roundup, I want to give a shoutout to HiFiGo, Linsoul, Better Audio US, KBEAR, Nicehck, and TRN for providing the IEMs that I’m about to discuss. All of these storefronts and manufacturers have supported me a lot over the last few years and have provided me with IEMs that I actually liked. …



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